To be eligible for the Early Childhood Education Licensure program, students must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
To apply, please submit the following materials to the Office of Graduate Admission:
- A completed College of Education graduate application
- Application fee ($40)
- One official transcript from each college and/or university attended
- Two letters of recommendation from professors or employer
- A brief statement that explains your reasons for wanting to enter the Early Childhood Education program at DePaul and discusses your potential for becoming a teacher.
Pre-Education Introductory Courses: 16 quarter hours required
Advanced Standing Courses: 32 quarter hours required
Heath, Safety and Child Nutrition Requirement
Candidates should be prepared to document course or other experience that shows they meet the knowledge and skills to provide experiences for young, which appreciates the interrelationships among child, family and the areas of health, safety and nutrition. Candidates should demonstrate comprehension of the issues of health, safety and nutrition that affect young children from the ages of birth through age 8. In addition, candidates are expected to demonstrate understanding of cultural issues and special needs of children with health impairments. Finally candidates should be familiar with the knowledge and application of practices that promote good nutrition, dental health, physical, social and emotional well being of young children.
Student Teaching: 8 quarter hours required
Registration in student teaching requires completion of all requirements and procedures listed in the college core section. EDU 95 indicates to the Illinois State Board of Education that all field experience hours are complete.
All individuals licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) are required to complete licensure tests specific to their teaching license. Early Childhood majors must complete the following tests:
- Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) (test #400) - assesses knowledge of reading comprehension, language arts, writing, and math. Test is required to qualify for Advanced Standing. *Check with your advisor about qualifying for a waiver with acceptable ACT or SAT test scores.
- Early Childhood Content Area Test (test #107) – assesses knowledge of language and literacy development, learning across the curriculum, diversity, collaboration, and professionalism in the early childhood program. Test is required before Student Teaching (deadlines apply).
- Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) –
assesses knowledge of teaching planning, delivery, assessment,
professionalism, and technology. Test is required to be
licensed; recommended that it be taken before Student Teaching.
- EdTPA - assessment
conducted during the student teaching experience including video clips
of instruction, lesson plans, student work samples, analysis of student
learning and reflective commentaries. Students will submit an electronic
portfolio to an outside agency for independent evaluation and a fee
will be imposed by that agency as part of the assessment.
Each student seeking licensure from the College of Education/Professional Education Unit must complete supervised field experiences in appropriate settings in conjunction with education courses. The field experiences must include a variety of age levels (birth-age 8), multicultural experiences, and a minimum of 15 hours in special education settings. All field experiences must be completed prior to final approval for student teaching. Field experience hours should be entered by the student into the FEDS system when completing courses with field experience requirements. Two internship courses, T&L 481 and T&L 482, are associated with theory courses and should be taken concurrently or soon after successful completion of the related theory courses. FEDS entry of these clinical hours is not required. For details on requirements, expectations, documentation, & courses in your program that require hours, visit the College of Education website.
Please also view the college core requirements under the MA or MED for Early Childhood for additional requirements. Note that the Early Childhood Education Licensure program listed above does not lead to a degree.